Indonesia minister goes after Chinese boats: Report

(From the Jakarta Post)

Indonesia Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry is seeking to appeal a recent fisheries court ruling involving the operators of five Chinese-built fishing vessels charged with poaching.

The five fishing vessels, which had been the subject of a trial at the Ambon Fisheries Court, were initially slated for sinking on Wednesday in a joint operation between the ministry and the Indonesian Navy to commemorate the 107th National Awakening Day, according to Susi.

Instead, the operators of the five ships, owned by Indonesian firm PT Sino Indonesia Shunlida Fishing, escaped with a relatively lenient punishment of 100 million rupiah (US$7,732) in fines per ship in relation to minor legal transgressions.

The ministry’s head of anti illegal fishing, Mas Achmad Santosa, said the ministry would challenge the decision as the sentence was far too light compared to the initial charges put by Navy prosecutors. Read more

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